The reason for abolishing jihad

Hi Baquia,

I have never read anything that backs up the statement you cite—that Baha'u'llah abolished jihad "so that the 'impure' blood of the infidels wouldn't defile the ground on which He walked." Baha'u'llah just didn't think that way. He says that all things were submerged in a sea of purification with the dawn of his revelation and he abolished the concepts of 'pure' and 'impure'. "God hath, likewise, as a bounty from His presence, abolished the concept of 'uncleanness' whereby divers things and peoples have been held to be impure." Aqdas para 75

Abolishing holy war was the first thing Baha'u'llah did upon his declaration at Ridvan. I haven't read a concise explanation for it, but as I understand it, it is consistent with Baha'u'llah recreating the world of existence so that we are all one. His aim was to bring peace:

"The aim of this Wronged One ... hath been naught but to quench the flame of hate and enmity, that the horizon of the hearts of men may be illumined with the light of concord and attain real peace." Kitab-i 'Ahd

"'Say: all things are of God.' This exalted utterance is like unto water for quenching the fire of hate and enmity which smouldereth within the hearts and breasts of men. By this single utterance contending peoples and kindreds will attain the light of true unity." Kitab-i 'Ahd

If this mystical oneness is at the heart of the revelation, then it stands to reason that holy war is gone. Along with this are the exhortations to teach using the word and not the sword and the idea that it is better to be killed than to kill. We are not supposed to contend with people, much less kill them!

So, my take on it is that Baha'u'llah has rewritten the principles on which religion is based. Many of the principles of the past religions have been superseded and made redundant.

Alison

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